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Updates to the SA Work Health and Safety Regulations have come into effect

On 1 January 2021, several changes to the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA) (Regulations) came into effect:

  • The requirement for an independent licensed asbestos assessor to conduct air monitoring for asbestos removal under both Class A and Class B licences has been made permanent.
  • The Regulations have been amended to give effect to Australia’s transition from GHS 3 to GHS 7 chemical labelling. The transition period is for 2 years and will end on 31 December 2022.
  • Current Australian Standards for lasers and pressure equipment have been incorporated into the Regulations:
  • AS 2397:2015 Safe use of lasers in the building and construction industry in place of AS 2397:2003 Safe use of lasers in the building and construction industry;
  • AS 4343:2014 Pressure equipment – Hazard levels in place of AS4343:2005 Pressure equipment – Hazard levels; and
  • AS1200:2015 Pressure equipment in place of AS1200:2000 Pressure equipment.
  • The Regulations incorporate amendments to requirements for diving work – updating references to the relevant Australian Standards, improving clarity and correcting minor errors.
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